February 10, 2016

Our View: Lawmakers return to Topeka next week for wrap-up

The Kansas Legislature returns to Topeka next week to wrap-up the 2013 legislative session. Hold on to your pocketbooks: it’s going to be a bumpy, and possibly price-y ride. Legislators have yet to pass a budget for 2014, and there’s still much debate about how to handle an anticipated deficit. Both the Kansas House and Continue Reading

Kobach asks court to settle redistricting impasse

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will ask a federal district court to redraw congressional and state districts, he announced in a press conference this morning. Kobach said he filed a complaint with the court after legislators failed to complete redistricting. “Due to the Senate’s inability to reach consensus, the Legislature has failed to meet Continue Reading

Candidate filing deadline delayed to June 11

An impasse in the Kansas Legislature means a later filing deadline for those seeking elective state offices or national offices. The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office announced the 10-day delay via Twitter on May 10. Initially slated for June 1, candidates now have until noon on Monday, June 11 to file to run for the Continue Reading

Courts, parks implement new plans due to legislative budget delays

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The Kansas Supreme Court will furlough workers due to a budget impasse in the state legislature. Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss said the court will shutter for five days, because legislators failed to approve a $1.4 million supplemental appropriation for the judicial branch. Although House and Senate negotiators agreed to the supplement, Continue Reading

Local cancer researcher testifies before legislature about Kansas Bioscience Authority

TOPEKA — The director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center urged  legislators to “not throw the baby out with the bath water” as they consider the results of an extensive audit of the Kansas Bioscience Authority. Dr. Roy Jensen, Gardner,  told the House Appropriations Committee that the authority had been critical to the KU Continue Reading

State officials seem to want healthcare reform both ways

Rep. Charlotte O’Hara, 27th District R-Stilwell Ah, early January 2011 the Republicans ride into Topeka on a vote that swept the Democrats out and placed them (the Republicans) in charge of government in the State of Kansas! One of the prime targets for the Republicans moving into power was to derail the enactment of the Continue Reading

EDITORIAL: Kansas Legislature gets one right

The Kansas Legislature got at least one thing right during the 2011 legislative session. They re-wrote municipal annexation laws allowing property owners to have more say in the process. The move should satisfy property owners in unincorporated parts of Johnson County – especially those near Overland Park and Olathe. The recently passed legislation allows homeowners Continue Reading

OPINION: Tax cuts at expense of vulnerable Kansans irresponsible

Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence Guest Columnist If you haven’t noticed, the Kansas Legislature has been having a tough time.  There are a myriad of issues being debated in Topeka, but the state budget is the $85 million pound gorilla.  Why $85 million?  This is the amount that House Republican leaders want to cut from programs Continue Reading

Bill to allow districts to use unecumbered funds would offer no relief to GE, SH schools

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Eric Hansen, Gardner-Edgerton school finance director, is fired up about legislation the Kansas House passed last week. Touted as legislation that will help schools survive through what is likely to be another lean year, the bill would allow districts to use funds designated for programs like bilingual education, vocational education, and drivers Continue Reading

EDITORIAL: Kansas House, enough with the strip clubs

Strip the Kansas House to its skivvies, and you’re left with little logic and goofy priorities. For the second time, a majority of the Kansas House adopted a bill that strips the adult entertainment industry of some of its gusto. The bill outlaws  fully nude dances and  lap dances. Under the bill, pole dancers would Continue Reading